Poptail Recipes

This summer’s hottest new trend is the “poptail.” Give it a try! All you need to do is take your favorite cocktail mix and pour it into popsicle molds. Be sure to make them a day ahead, as they will take longer to freeze because of the alcohol. You will also want to be careful that the kids don’t get their hands on these! The possibilities are endless: margaritas pops; strawberry daiquiri pops; pina colada pops; mojito pops; cosmopolitan pops. Use your imagination! This refreshing treat will cool you off on the hottest of days. They are perfect for a deck party. Jello shots are out, poptails are in! What new flavors can you come up with? You can use cheap plastic popsicle molds. Have you seen the cool Zoku molds, though? You can use them to make layered pops, filled pops, cute pops with different designs, and all different flavors. How much fun you could have making beautiful and deliciously refreshing poptails with your Zoku molds! Who needs a frozen margarita when you can have a margarita pop? Try adding a bit of salt to the mix to give you that nice hit that you will be missing from the rim. Or, dip the poptail in some salt when you serve it. What about making your own frozen lavaflow poptail? Strawberry daiquiri layered with pina colada in your mold and you are ready to go!

Watermelon Mojito Popsicles

Makes 12 2.5 oz Popsicles

  • 8oz. watermelon juice (2 ½ cups chopped watermelon)
  • 2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz. simple mint syrup (recipe follows)
  • 8 oz. light rum
  • 14 oz. club soda

Instructions:

  1. Place chopped watermelon in a food processor or blender and process until watermelon is juiced (will be slightly pulpy).
  2. Combine watermelon juice, lime juice, mint syrup and rum in a shaker and shake well. Fill popsicle mold 3/4 of the way up with mixture. Fill remaining popsicle mold with club soda and stir to combine.
  3. Freeze for about 2 hours or until mixture starts to solidify enough to hold a popsicle stick upright. Insert popsicle sticks and finish freezing popsicles overnight. To release popsicles run hot water on the outside of popsicle molds for a 2-3 seconds.

Mint Syrup
(You will have more syrup than you need. Save for other cocktail uses)

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup mint leaves, loosely packed

Instructions:
1. Place sugar and water in a pot over heat until sugar dissolves. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature and place mint leaves in mixture and muddle. Allow mint leaves to steep for 20 minutes. Strain and discard leaves. (Depending on the fine-ness of the sieve tiny pieces may remain). – Courtesy of endlesssimmer.com